Hong Kong on Tuesday became the second place outside mainland China to report the death of a coronavirus patient as restrictions on movement were imposed on two more cities far from the epicenter, including the home of Alibaba.
Previously Hong Kong hospitals cut services as medical workers were striking for a second day to demand its borders with mainland China be shut completely to ward off the virus.
The death of the 39-year-old man came as the semi-autonomous city closed all but two of Hong Kong's land and sea crossings with the mainland at midnight after more than 2,000 hospital workers went on strike Monday. As many as 9,000 medical workers could join a bigger walkout Tuesday to demand closure of the border across which tens of thousands of people continue to travel daily.
On Sunday the Philippines reported the death of a Chinese man who had come from Wuhan, the central city at the epicenter of China's health emergency.
The virus has so far spread to more than 20 countries, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency, several governments to institute travel restrictions and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.
Hong Kong has been particularly on edge over the virus as it has revived memories of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002-03, which killed nearly 300 people in the financial hub and 349 people in the mainland.
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